Film Review: Fish Tank

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Fish Tank has been on my radar ever since I watched Red Road. Mainly because it’s the follow up film by academy award winning director Andrea Arnold, and having enjoyed Red Road, it seemed only logical to witness some more of her creative talents.

Even though they really are stand alone films in their own right, you can tell they have been born from the same mind. Ignoring the overly obvious setting of rough and tough tower block estates, there is a constant style and touch that links them together. Arnold once again managing to portray life realistically and while they aren’t directly connected (most obviously, one is Scottish the other English), I couldn’t help but feel that a subconscious motive behind them is for Fish Tank to look at life within the estate and project it outwards, where as Red Road showed you life looking in from the outside. The principles behind both films seeming to flow and blend together well. Read more

Film Review: Frank

Posted on by 5WC in Film

When Frank was released I spent many, many weeks listening to my favourite movie podcast rave on about Frank. Superlatives and hyperbole thrown from every quarter. This movie while not mainstream, not your typical run of the mill film, was something to see, something to search out and watch. It was good. And so it was with huge disappointment that every cinema chain it appeared, within about 50 miles of me, didn’t agree and didn’t both screening it.

So ingrained into me had a desire to see Frank become that I have never managed to forget it, I’ve been patiently waiting for it to appear either on DVD, or TV, and so it was with great delight that Curzon dropped their latest cinema and film guide through my letter box proudly promoting the fact Frank was about to be released onto their On-Demand service. Brilliant. At last. Read more